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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (80 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Hamill Narrator: Henry Leyva Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Never before collected in one volume, here are Pete Hamill’s stories about Brooklyn, the borough in which he was born and grew up, and the one closest to his heart.

A young boy with a mysterious past forever transforms the lives of the neighborhood toughs. A man returns to his old haunts to avenge the death of his brother. A couple chooses to embrace their memories of a bygone era rather than live in a diminished future.

These are stories of a New York almost lost but not forgotten. They read like messages from a vanished age, brimming over with nostalgia (which Hamill has called the most common New York emotion), for the world after the war, the city before heroin and crack, the days of the Dodgers and Giants, even, for some, the world of the Depression.

Full of pieces that have been unavailable for years, this collection is classic Hamill and a must-read for his fans, those who love New York, and anyone who seeks to understand the world today through the lens of the world that once was.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An enchanting…anthology.”

    New York Times

  • “Lost treasures from a time gone by, brimming with affection for old New York.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With The Christmas Kid, Hamill cements his place as one of the greatest American writers who ever lived.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Relyn | 2/20/2014

    " Oh man can Pete Hamill right. He can evoke a sense of place and time as well as any author I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Miki | 2/16/2014

    " Although I was really looking for a holiday book, and this certainly was not one, I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. I was transported into post war Brooklyn so easily by Heller, I actually felt like I had actually lived in this time and in this place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teri | 2/14/2014

    " New York nostalgia...Pete Hamill at his best! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katarzyna | 2/10/2014

    " A nice collection of short stories centering around Christmas time in Brooklyn. As a former Brooklynian, I find myself in a fog of nostalgia as the author describes the old, post war streets and train stations. An absolutely perfect read for this time of year. "

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